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City considers utility rate increase

Roseville will host two public workshops for proposed water, solid waste rate increase
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The City of Roseville will hold two public workshops in April for proposed water and solid waste utility rate increases.

Roseville owns and operates its water and refuse utilities and evaluates utility rates and charges every two years to ensure revenues cover the cost of providing service, according to the city’s website.

Environmental Utilities staff completed the utility rates analysis and determined that rate increases are needed to ensure enough revenue to cover operational costs.

The city proposes an approximate 9.5 percent increase for water in 2011 and 8.5 percent in 2012. The city is also proposing an approximate 3 percent increase for solid waste in 2011 and 3 percent in 2012.

Roseville City Council previously approved a rate increase in 2009, which resulted in a $3.66 monthly increase on the typical residential bill, and in 2010, which resulted in a $3.88 jump.

Roseville currently ranks below Davis, Rocklin, Folsom, Sacramento and Lincoln on combined monthly rates in the region.

The first public meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville. The second meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Martha Riley Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Rosevill.e

The City Council will consider the proposed rate increase during the regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. For more information, visit www.roseville.ca.us/eurates.

~ Sena Christian